Shout! Studios Sets Aug. 17 Release Date for ‘Fast Vengeance’ on Digital, Disc

Shout! Studios has announced the Aug. 17 release of Fast Vengeance, an action thriller written and directed by Pearry Reginald Teo (The Assent, Ghosthunters).

The film will be available on major digital platforms, Blu-ray Disc, and DVD.

Fast Vengeance follows the story of Shen, who upon hearing of his brother’s death returns to his stomping grounds to find the men responsible and take justice into his own hands. He learns that a biker named Cobra and his gang, The Midnight Squad, were the ones responsible, but to get anywhere close to them, he must enter the dark, turbulent realm of underground motorcycle racing. Enlisting the aid of a drag racing champion-turned-mechanic, Shen must compete in the high-stakes races where he will have only one chance to confront Cobra.

The film stars hip-hop legend DMX (Belly, Romeo Must Die), alongside D.Y. Sao, Natalie Burn, Bai Ling, and Jeff Fahey.

Shout! Factory TV Slates ‘Piranha’ Marathon

Shout! Factory TV, the streaming service operated by independent home entertainment distributor Shout! Factory, on Aug. 9 will present a 24-hour marathon of Joe Dante’s 1978 cult classic Piranha and its 1995 remake starring Mila Kunis and Soleil Moon Frye. Fans can watch the films streamed all day and night long in a back-to-back format presentation that begins just past midnight.

Piranha, produced by Roger Corman, is the first in a series of campy ‘B’ movies inspired by 1975’s Jaws. While searching for missing teenagers at the once-thriving Lost River Lake resort, rookie skip-tracer Maggie McKeon (Heather Menzies) and booze-soaked river rat Paul Grogan (Bradford Dillman) stumble upon a top-secret military laboratory conducting genetic research on piranha fish for the purpose of developing the most lethal form of biological warfare imaginable.

When the deadly fish are accidentally released from the compound, they’re soon headed downstream, consuming everything — and anyone — in their path. With Paul and Maggie in hot pursuit, the piranhas’ next stop is the children’s summer camp, where Paul’s young daughter is vacationing, and then a newly opened, multimillion-dollar water resort.

The 1995 remake of the cult classic film was also produced by Roger Corman.

The “Piranhathon” can be viewed on ShoutFactoryTV.com; Shout! Factory TV’s Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple TV, and Roku apps; and the following digital streaming platforms: IMDb TV, Local Now, Plex, Redbox, Samsung TV Plus, Sling TV, STIRR, Twitch, Vizio and XUMO. Both films are also available for streaming on demand across Shout! Factory TV platforms.

Amazon Studios to Aid Efforts to Boost Vaccinations in L.A. County

Amazon Studios and healthtech provider Carbon Health are teaming up to bring pop-up mobile vaccination sites to communities across Los Angeles. On Saturday, July 17, and Sunday, July 18, and continuing across the summer, multiple vaccination sites will offer first and second dose vaccinations. This collaboration is designed to help make vaccines more accessible to underserved populations during a pivotal moment in the pandemic.

The first pop-up opened July 8 at Brooklyn’s Bread & Life. This initiative will continue in Los Angeles on July 17 at Maywood Riverfront Park Health and Wellness Fair and at American Family Funding and on July 18 at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. Second doses will be administered four weeks later. It is estimated Amazon Studios and Carbon Health will administer up to 150 COVID-19 vaccinations per day.

Cinedigm Sets Digital Release Dates for ‘A Father’s Legacy’ With Tobin Bell

Cinedigm has announced a July 16 home release date for A Father’s Legacy, an inspirational story about a young man on the run from the law who bonds with an old secluded man in the woods.

The film will be released July 16 through VOD and digital retailers.

A Father’s Legacy stars Jason Mac as a young man on the run after an armed robbery. Hiding from the law, he sets out to find the father he never knew. Venturing further away from the city streets, he finds himself at the secluded home of a stranger (Tobin Bell). As the days pass and the secrets about their past are revealed, they learn that they might not have been looking for each other, but they may have been brought together for a reason.

“This film was born out of one of the most difficult times in my life,” says Mac, who also wrote and directed the film. “My father was my protector; a guardian I knew would always be there, and then one day he wasn’t. The loss forced me to look inside and really explore what it was to be a father. Too many young men have no male role model growing up, so I hope that becomes a lesson and learning from this film.”

A Father’s Legacy also stars Rebeca Robles (Reprisal, Ambitions) and Gregory Alan Williams (Remember the Titans). The film was produced by Mac and John Lerchen, under his Forever Safe Productions banner.

A Father’s Legacy (previously titled The Old Man & The Pond) was the official selection of the Heartland International Film Festival and the official selection of the Soho International Film Festival.

Two Anime Films On the Way From Studio Ghibli, GKIDS, Shout! Factory

Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, have announced the Sept. 21 home release of Porco Rosso, a 1992 Japanese animated adventure comedy, and From Up On Poppy Hill, a 2011 Japanese animated drama film.

The films will be available in limited edition Steelbook packaging, which will house a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack, alongside bonus features, a booklet with art, and statements from the filmmakers.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Porco Rosso follows the story of a world-weary flying ace-turned-bounty-hunter, whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell. When he upsets a band of sky pirates, the pirates hire a hotshot American rival named Curtis to get rid of him. Together with the help of the teenage girl and aspiring airplane designer Fio, and Sultry lounge singer Gina, Porco takes to the skies for what may be his final high-flying showdown.

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Bonus features include an exclusive booklet, feature-length storyboards, an interview with producer Toshio Suzuki, and the original theatrical trailers.

Directed by Gorō Miyazaki and scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, From Up On Poppy Hill is set in Yokohama, Japan in 1963 as Japan is picking itself up after World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. A friendship blossoms between high school students Umi and Shun, but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart.

Bonus features include an exclusive booklet, feature-length storyboards,  an interview with Gorō Miyazaki; a Hayao Miyazaki documentary; a speech and press conference with Hayao Miyazaki; a Yokohama featurette, a music video, and the original theatrical trailers.

Second OTT.X Impact Awards Now Accepting Submissions for Socially Important Streaming Content

OTT.X, the industry trade association for OTT streamers, has opened submissions for the second annual OTT.X Impact Awards.

The OTT.X Impact Awards is a program created by and for the over-the-top streaming industry to recognize creators, producers, platforms and channels who are using the power of streaming video to make a positive impact. Submissions are being accepted through Sept. 30 for audio/visual works that premiered, and are distributed, through OTT channels and platforms. Nominations will be announced Nov. 9 and winners will be named at the Impact Awards Ceremony to be held on Dec. 9, 2021.

“Our industry has the attention of millions of people globally,” said Mark Fisher, OTT.X president and CEO. “The stories we tell, messages we send and truths we reveal have the power to change the world. Using this power to promote understanding, acceptance, equality and to inspire positive action is a responsibility that OTT.X and our membership are committed to.”

Paul Colichman, CEO of Here Media and OTT.X Impact Awards Steering Committee chair, added, “As streaming transforms the entertainment landscape, it also democratizes video content distribution. This allows for more programs that focus on social justice, equality, kindness and compassion.”

The inaugural OTT.X Impact Awards was held virtually on Dec. 10, 2020, and recognized three winners, including Here Media’s “Girls Voices Now — ‘Not Quite Here, Not Quite There’” for Impactful Short Title; Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s “Going From Broke” for Impactful Series; and Passion River’s Intelligent Lives for Impactful Full-Length Feature.

Content must premiere on an OTT channel or platform, maintain exclusive
availability via OTT distribution and be available in the United States for three weeks. The qualifying period for the 2021 awards is the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2021.

For more information as well as content submissions, visit the OTT.X Impact Awards site here.

RLJE Sets Aug. 3 DVD, Blu-ray Disc Release Date for Shudder’s ‘Seance’

RLJE Films announced the Aug. 3 release of Seance, a horror film written and directed by Simon Barrett (You’re Next, The Guest).

The film will be available on DVD for an SRP of $27.97 and on Blu-ray Disc for $28.96.

Seance originally premiered on Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium subscription streaming service for horror and thriller movies. RLJE is another AMC business unit.

Starring Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation, The Divergent Series: Insurgent), Madisen Beaty (Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Ella-Rae Smith (“Into the Badlands,” Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), Seance follows the story of a new student at the prestigious Edelvine Academy for Girls named Camille Meadows. Soon after her arrival, she is invited by six other girls to join them in a late-night ritual, calling forth the spirit of a dead former student who reportedly haunts the school halls. When morning comes around, one of the girls is dead, leaving the others wondering what they might have awakened.

DVD and Blu-ray bonus features include commentary from the director, behind-the-scenes footage, outtakes, deleted scenes, decapitation pre-viz, and a “Behind the Scenes” photo gallery.

Shout! Factory TV Schedules ‘Ultraman’ Streaming Marathon

Shout! Factory TV and its Tokusatsu channel TokuSHOUTsu on July 10 will host an all-day streaming event featuring the series “Ultraman,” in celebration of the show’s 55th anniversary.

Starting at 7 a.m. “PT Ultraman Day: Ultrathon” can be viewed across TokuSHOUTsu and Shout! Factory TV platforms; on TokuSHOUTsu.com and ShoutFactoryTV.com or TokuSHOUTsu’s Pluto TV, Twitch and THETA.tv channels; Shout! Factory TV’s Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple TV, and Roku apps; and digital streaming platforms including IMDb TV, Local Now, Pluto TV, Redbox, Samsung TV Plus, Sling TV, STIRR, Twitch, Vizio and XUMO.

The Ultrathon will feature 19 hand-picked episodes across nine “Ultraman” series, including “Ultraman,” “Ultraseven,” “Return of Ultraman,” “Ultraman Ace,” “Ultraman Leo,” “Ultra Q,” “Ultraman X,” “Ultraman Orb,” and “Ultraman Ginga.” They will stream alongside segments of a new “Ultraman” special, leading up to the 5 p.m. PT U.S. streaming debut of “Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial” as a grand finale. Additionally, the event will include exclusive giveaways of popular toys from Bluefin Brands, with promotional support from Marvel Entertainment, Factory Entertainment, VIZ Media, and Right Stuf Anime.

Following “Ultrathon,” “Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial” and “In Search of Ultraman! The Invasion from Another Space!” will join the catalog of “Ultraman” content also available for streaming on demand across Shout! Factory TV platforms.

Magnolia’s Streaming Service Celebrates Pride, Juneteenth

Magnolia Selects, the streaming platform from Magnolia Pictures, has announced that it will highlight select titles this month in celebration of Pride month and Juneteenth.

Selections range from the groundbreaking Tangerine to the BAFTA award-winning and Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro to Night Catches Us and Whose Streets?.

Tangerine is a 2015 dramedy, directed by Sean Baker and written by Baker and Chris Bergoch, about a transgender sex worker who discovers her boyfriend and pimp has been cheating on her. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and enjoyed a limited theatrical release from Magnolia Pictures.

I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary directed by Raoul Peck and based on acclaimed Black author James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House. The film, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, documents the history of racism in the United States. It won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.

The Juneteenth lineup:

SVOD (available to watch now on Magnolia Selects)

  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Night Catches Us
  • Whose Streets?
  • Untouchable
  • The Coalition

 

AVOD

  • Woman Thou Art Loosed
  • Herbie Hancock: Possibilities
  • Presenting Princess Shaw
  • Harlem Aria
  • Diary of a Tired Black Man
  • Venus and Serena

 

TVOD

  • John Lewis: Good Trouble
  • Toni Morrison: The Pieces I am
  • The Gospel According to Andre
  • Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • The Final Year
  • A Cold Hard Truth

 

Highlighted Pride month titles include:

SVOD (available to watch now on Magnolia Selects)

  • Tangerine
  • Jack & Diane
  • Life Partners

Disney+ to Get ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Musical Series

The Walt Disney Co. on June 15 confirmed that a “Beauty and the Beast” prequel is in the works, timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the classic 1991 animated movie.

The prequel will come in the form of a limited musical series bound for Disney+, the company’s subscription streaming service.

The eight-episode series, from Disney Branded Television and ABC Signature, is being billed by the company as a prequel to the 2017 live-action Beauty and the Beast. It will star Luke Evans and Josh Gad, reprising their roles as Gaston and LeFou (Louie), and introduce Briana Middleton (The Tender Bar) as Louie’s stepsister, Tilly.

“Beauty and the Beast,” the series, is developed, executive-produced and written by Gad, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (“Once Upon a Time”), each serving as a co-showrunner. The series’ creative team also includes Tony Award-nominated director Liesl Tommy, who has come on board as an executive producer and will direct the first episode.

The project will feature an original soundtrack from the composer Alan Menken, who will also serve as executive producer, and lyrics for the first episode will be by Oscar-nominee Glenn Slater (Tangled). Production will begin in spring 2022.